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Susie Wheldon holds the 2011 Indianapolis 500 Champion of Champions ring that was presented to her during a ceremony at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Darron Cummings, Associated Press

Susie Wheldon to wave green flag at St. Pete

  • Associated Press
  • March 13, 2013 - 1:10 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The widow of Dan Wheldon will wave the green flag for IndyCar's season-opening race at St. Petersburg.

Susie Wheldon will also participate in the pre-race activities at the March 24 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. She left St. Pete, the city she and Wheldon called home, during race weekend last year.

Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was killed in an accident during the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas. Susie Wheldon and the couple's two sons still live in St. Petersburg, and a portion of the street course was renamed Dan Wheldon Way in his honor.

The Grand Marshal for the race is U.S. Army Specialist and St. Pete resident Charlie Lemon, a double-amputee combat veteran and ambassador for national charity Wish for Our Heroes.

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